For Christmas, Caritas Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City’s old name) organised special celebrations for thousands of children in need who live at the city’s pastoral centre.
Based on the theme ‘Come to love’, 453 social workers celebrated the birth of Jesus with some 3,000 children.
"On Christmas Day, we served 125 children with severe disabilities,
485 deaf children, 265 deaf children and more than 2,000 housed by the
diocese,” said Sister Anna, who works at the religious centre. “We were
helped by social services volunteers, teachers and nuns who have worked
with these children for years."
The centre, which has small shops selling products made by children,
has become over time an important place where children can exchange work
experience and acquire new skills.
"We have set up 33 food stalls, 10
toys stalls and 10 for other items," said Hung, a member of the local
The Ho Chi Minh City pastoral centre takes in children from all
religious backgrounds and educates children with disabilities. For
Christmas celebrations, it received the support from Vietnamese
corporate sponsors, such as Ánh Hồng, Long Kim and the Mina Company.
On Christmas Day, some volunteers in the field of environmental
protection joined the social workers. One of them is a member of the
Franciscan Missionaries of Mary.
"We are part of a project for environmental protection,” he told AsiaNews.
“We collected, recorded, and classified hundreds of kilos of waste.
Through this activity we finance activities for disabled children.”
“In Ho Chi Minh City, there are tens of thousands of unfortunate kids
who have nothing to eat. We help them both physically and